OUT OF HIS LEAGUE by Pat Flynn

OUT OF HIS LEAGUE

Age Range: 12 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

Ozzie, a rugby player from West Queensland, Australia, participates in a high-school exchange program that lands him in the small, football-crazy West Texas town of Hope. Ozzie’s worries about fitting in quickly disappear with the discovery that his superior rugby skills translate well to the football field. The Hope Shooters finds the miracle it has sought to turn around its lackluster record, and Ozzie becomes a star, with newfound fame and friends and plenty of attention from many gorgeous cheerleaders. Ozzie finds himself torn between the great opportunities he has found in America and the life and people he has left behind in Australia. The familiar “fish out of water” scenario is kept fresh by an appealing protagonist and cast of supporting characters; Flynn’s sharp eye for cultural details and American high-school life provides fodder for many funny, satirical moments (Ozzie’s encounter with fundamentalist Christianity is particularly amusing). Fans of sports stories and Friday Night Lights will find this an especially enjoyable tale. (Fiction. 12 & up)

Pub Date: July 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-8027-9776-6
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Walker
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2008




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